Charlotte turned ONE...Six weeks ago...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

For eleven months, I dutifully blogged Charlotte's milestones each month...with recaps on all of her new tricks and latest pictures.  And then her birthday approached and it sent me into a tizzy and we survived the party and the invitations and tons of driving by myself all over the eastern seaboard...and I just never blogged her final recap.

Big, fat, frowny face.

And it's been bugging me ever since... Months go by FAST, and I can't lie...I don't mind a little break from these deadline'd posts.  I still plan on updating on Charlotte {duh}, just not every month!

Anywho...let's pretend it's January 25th again aaaaaaand GO.

Charlotte-- you are TWELVE MONTHS OLD.  We made it!

Today, at the doctor, you weighed 20 lbs {50th percentile} and were thirty inches long {97th percentile}!  You had to get three shots AND get your finger pricked to check for lead and anemia.  You were a hot mess but I didn't manage to get any cute crying pictures, since you were kicking and flailing and all... You did take an awesome nap that afternoon though!

Other have six teeth-- four on top, two on bottom, and another one is on its way on the bottom.  You wear size three diapers and 18 mo pants, despise diaper changes, and have the craziest hair in the mornings-- I can't believe how long your hair has gotten.

Big things...

You are a walking machine!  You are almost think it's hilarious to be chased and you squeal and giggle in simple anticipation of getting caught.

You are also a climber... You know just how to hoist your knee up and pull yourself up onto or into every possible object.  Climbing up and down and up and down and up and down off the sofa is your gig.

{Exhibit A}

You give hugs.  Big, fat, arms open wide hugs...sometimes when I pick you up from Kids Club at the gym, you run across the room with your arms outstretched.  The other times, you burst into tears when you remember I abandoned you in the fun house.

That's another thing...serious separation anxiety.  You are pitiful when I drop you off at Mrs. Cora's in the morning, or at Kids Club at the gym {church nursery you've been okay with...}.  Purple in the face crying.  But you calm down quickly, everyone assures me, with food.

You started saying "mommy" and "daddy" last week.  Be still my heart.  You've abandoned your baby talk "mama mama" for a distinct, purposeful "Mommy."  I need to get it on video to keep for always... You also say, or have words for, hi, buh-bye, baby {all humans are babies}, dog {"guh!" is any animal}, woof {Go Dawgs!}, and you shake your head "no" when it's said to you.

You are starting to pretend play carry your baby doll around and pat her on the back, you try to put your paci in her mouth.  You know what to do with certain objects-- you try to brush your hair, you put every object up to your ear and say, "hi!," you try really, really hard to put lids back on tupperware... could eat your body weight in veggie straws.  You pulverize some green beans and cheese and deli meat and pretty much any weird thing I give olives, pickles, hummus... But you won't eat peanut butter and jelly!  I believe I may have overcorrected the whole picky eating thing.  You also take a sippy cup now, but you still get a bottle at night because who's in a rush?

Sleep...I think you have my sleeping habits.  You'd stay up until midnight if we let you, but you go to bed at 7:30 every night and sleep until at least 8:00 every morning.  We watch you in the monitor as you wake up and stretch and then grab a paci and lay back down.  You toss for a good thirty minutes before you decide you're ready to be up.

{Big girl playing in the have gotten MUCH better at loving the snow, if for nothing else than to eat it.}

Sometimes you are cranky and fussy and I wonder if you notice that daddy's gone, or if you're just cutting another tooth.  You are definitely a toddler and make it clear when you're upset about something.  That said, you are starting to obey when told not do something and we can tell you understand us because you follow simple directions, like bringing us a toy or closing a door.  You also bring us things when you need help, which I think is the cutest thing ever.  You couldn't get the lid off of a container of toys tonight, so you picked it up and carried it over to me for help.

{Lots of snow pictures because that's just how it's been since Christmas...I'm in heaven!}

Ugh-- you can reach EVERYTHING.  Nothing on a table or night stand is safe-- last week I found one of my big, fake pearl earrings in your mouth.  I accidentally left my cell phone at home when we went out of town last weekend because I shoved it under a pillow out of your reach, and I can NEVER remember where I hid the remote from you... #Toddlerproblems.

We have traveled a lot lately-- you are my road tripping buddy and even flying this last trip was easier than last time.  I was encouraged to keep trying in hopes that you get better and better.  We've had good time with family this last month-- Atlanta for your birthday, North Georgia mountains for a girl's weekend, and Nebraska to visit family and celebrate your birthday a little late.  You are a ham and love being with your cousins-- I think coming home alone with me must be the biggest disappointment ever.  Too bad-- you're stuck with me!

{"Hugging" baby Chapman...sometimes you hug with your arms, sometimes you just lay your head on the huggee...}

Baby Charlotte...which we still call you... You are such a joy in our life.  Daddy notices every new thing you do and develop while he's gone, and he eats up every second he gets with you.  You are my playmate and my snuggle bug on cold nights at home.  You are my snow bunny, my travel buddy, and always make me laugh.  It is so hard to believe how big and smart and cute you keep getting.  I keep saying it, but it's true-- I'm nostalgic to when you were little, but I'm not a speck of sad about you getting older.  You just keep getting more fun and I love every little piece of you.  Thanks for keeping me company-- I can't wait to see what the next year brings to our little family!

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